Super Bowl LI looms large over the weekend, but football and Budweiser are far from the only attractions. Get a head start on your candy coma with chocolate festivals in Arvada and Broomfield, jump into a beer brawl, enjoy an impromptu classic-car show — or just score plenty of food and drink to complement the big game. Here are some of the area's tastiest events, in Denver and beyond:
Friday, February 3
Tom's Urban is celebrating its fourth anniversary all month with discounts and special drinks. For starters, any guest whose name begins with "T" will get 50 percent of his or her bill. And everyone can join in the celebration with a Tom’s Urban’s Birthday Brownie Pop Tart or Sip-Me-I’m-Irish Mule, a remix of the classic with Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Kaladi Coffee Roasters has joined a national fundraiser to support the ACLU in defending refugee and immigrant families who have been impacted by recent executive orders. Today through February 5, Kaladi will be collecting donations at both of its locations; Kaladi will match the first $500 collected, and Sprudge, the national organization leading the fundraising effort, will match the first $500 as well. Kaladi is located at 1730 East Evans Avenue and 2823 South Broadway in Englewood.
Los Chingones is offering a weekly pop-up lunch at its Denver Tech Center location until lunch service begins there for good on March 7. Stop by for a taste from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday. See the eatery's Facebook page for details.
For Black History Month, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 North Union Avenue in Pueblo, is hosting a celebration of African-American stories, song — and cuisine. Local author JoAn Gilmore-Jackson will talk about her life, Southern cuisine and her novel The Keyhole, and she'll bring tastes of some of the Southern dishes mentioned in the book for guests to share. The talk begins at 3 p.m., and admission is free. Call 719-583-0453 or visit the museum's website for more info.
State Plate, the cable TV show on the Inspiration channel, will feature the Rocky Ford Growers Association and Michael Hirakata of Hirakata Farms at 7 p.m. tonight.
Saturday, February 4
Before Valentine's Day sneaks up on you, sample fine chocolates beyond the big red box. The annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling at the Omni Interlocken Resort today will have chocolateries and bakeries providing a selection of tasty treats. The event is more than a simple tasting; it's a full-blown party with cocktails, live music and dancing, a dinner and a live auction. Grilled salmon, short rib and cauliflower curry are on the menu, along with cacao cocktails and, natch, dessert, with activities like a cake walk to burn off those calories. Tickets are $150 per person; proceeds benefit the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, and hotel rooms for the night start at $109. Get your tickets online at the event site.
Olde Town Arvada is having A Chocolate Affair of its own from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, with free admission. Locations around the block will be hosting chocolate tastings and offering other goods like brownies, chocolate wine and a lot more. Returning this year are the cookie- and brownie-baking contests as well as the Chocolate Treasure Hunt. Chocolate tastings are $1 each, and you can buy your tickets at Olde Town Square or at Rising Church, 7500 West 57th Avenue; proceeds go to benefit the Ralston House. Get more details and find out how to enter the baking contest on the Olde Town Arvada website.
Choose your champion and enter the ring for the battle royale that ends in suds instead of blood. The first-ever Beer Fight Club at Larimer Beer Hall pits eight local brewers against each other, each bringing their best brew for consideration. Attendees will be able to try unlimited samples of each beer until the kegs run dry, then vote on their favorites. The public and judges will choose the finalists, who will move on to the next round. Larimer Beer Hall will provide sliders, and the breweries will be giving away tons of swag. The battle begins at 5 p.m., and entry is $50 per person; buy two or more and get 10 percent off your purchase. Find your tickets online at nightout.com.
"Bubbly" has a new meaning in Denver starting tonight, as Bruz Beers pops open its take on biere brut, often known as "champagne beer." Bruz may be the first Colorado company to brew beer in this style, a fizzy, dry Belgian with a sparkling wine quality, served in a champagne glass. Sample Brut la Grande before it's gone, from 1 to 10 p.m.
Big Choice Brewing is going mobile yet again, unveiling the canned version of its Type 3 IPA today. The accessible ale, named for the venerable ’60s Volkswagen, will be on tap and in growlers, as well as in cans for the first time. Plus, if you bring your own classic VW along, you'll get a pint on the house. Check out the brewery (and the parking lot) anytime between 2 and 9 p.m. today, and go to the Facebook event page for more details.
Sunday, February 5
Whether you believe today's Patriots/Falcons face-off pairs better with a plate of buffalo wings or a tart saison, there are plenty of places to wet your whistle and let the foam fingers fly for Super Bowl Sunday. Check out our list of Ten Denver Super Bowl Party Options Beyond the Sports Bars. Plus, the Thirsty Lion, Ace Eat Serve, Postino and Del Frisco's Grille are all offering happy hours during the game, which starts at 4:30 Mountain Standard Time.
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Or you can plan to spend the day at Epic Brewing. A YogaZo CO class will start at 10 a.m. and costs $10; proceeds go to Dumb Friends League. After your yoga workout, stick around for a Super Bowl party that starts at 3 p.m. Mile Hi Cajun will be setting up an all-you-can-eat buffet for $25. Find out more here.
The Tavern Downtown and Soiled Dove Underground in Lowry are hosting "The Ultimate Big Game Party" today, with all-you-can-drink packages, raffle prizes, a buffet and tons of TVs. The Soiled Dove will even project the game onto its giant movie screens. Party packages are $35 for all you can eat and drink, but anyone is welcome to come and catch the big show. Get your tickets online with Ticketfly.
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